Où est l’hôpital? Drama on the Paris Metro as nuclear attack simulation is carried out
By Stephanie Darrall
Last updated at 12:51 AM on 20th November 2011
They could be scenes from a disaster film with rescuers donning futuristic gas marks and carrying survivors to safety.
But these pictures show an exercise simulating a nuclear, biological and chemical attack at La Defense metro station, just west of Paris.
Rescue workers checked on volunteers involved in the chaotic scenes as they evacuated the busy station located underneath the Grande Arche building in the business district of the city.
Rescue workers carry a volunteer as they participate in a training exercise simulating a nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) attack at La Defense metro station, near Paris
Simulation: A fireman wearing a Nuclear, Bacteriological, Chemical suit directs rescuers to victims of the attack
Rescued: Mock victims were given breathing apparatus and foil blankets
The dramatic pictures show people lying on the floor as if injured, with others clasping cloths to their mouth as if trying to avoid breathing in noxious fumes.
Rescuers wearing bright yellow gas masks and white protective boiler suits flooded the station as they carried passengers outside, and equipped others with their own gas masks.
Crews used specialist equipment as they dealt with victims as if they had been contaminated.
The exercise saw the rescuers using their training for nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.
The simulation comes after a report by the Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety who said in a 500-page report that safety measures in France’s nuclear power plants must be strengthened immediately.
Disaster: A commuter is seen receiving treatment from rescuers
In recovery: The dramatic scenes comes to an end as survivors are pulled out of the station
A similar chemical attack scenario was staged in London earlier this month ahead of the Olympic games.
Firefighters tackled a mock chemical attack during an exercise to test their response skills.
Crews used specialist equipment to practice decontaminating more than 100 victims as part of the test at Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Rescue workers wearing gas masks and white protective boiler suits flooded the station as they carried passengers outside, and equipped others with their own gas mask
Playing dead: Actors sprawled across the floor as they pretended to be victims of the attack